The poll that Wokingham Borough Council are trying to ignore.
I sometimes think that the brilliant staff of The Wokingham Times are enjoying the whole Wokingham bin bags fiasco a bit too much!
But this poll, grabbed from their homepage this morning shows a pretty damning statement of public opinion on the matter. The truth is that “shambles” is a pretty generous description of what’s been going on the last few weeks.
The scheme has been dogged with execution problems, which has only exacerbated public distaste for an already unpopular scheme. Residents resent a stealth tax on a service which was previously included within their council tax. Which, I feel is understandable.
And even more than that, they resent their elected councillors making an absolute pig’s ear of the execution- failing to inform residents satisfactorily beforehand, then simply leaving bags on doorsteps to be stolen, handing out incorrectly-sized bags, and failing to increase the recycling range to give a workable alternative to landfill waste- and then going into hiding when people get annoyed.
I hope that the council will start listening to their voters, but I sincerely doubt it. I fear that the only option left to Wokingham residents will be to register their displeasure in the local elections on May 3rd.
UPDATE: Somehow I missed this earlier, but apparently Wokingham Borough Council are doing a Q&A on the waste collection scheme this evening. I’ll be out (1st Twyford cubs are hitting the climbing wall tonight), but I’ve submitted a question. I asked:
“Why can extra blue bin bags not be collected from libraries and council offices, like green waste bags? Given that 18p of the 40p charge per bag is for “delivery” costs, this would save almost half of the price and make them more affordable to residents.“
That question has apparently been “submitted for review”. I have no idea if it will be selected, or even answered, and honestly it worries me that they’ve put a filter on this, as it sounds like an easy way to frame the debate to their own terms. And the only question so far asked is a planted question if ever I’ve seen one. But we’ll see. In the meantime, I invite concerned residents to submit their questions to the council. You never know, you might get an answer.